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Offline Aggie95

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Re: Decoding your Honda CB500 VIN
Reply #10 on: November 04, 2018, 05:22:30 PM
Posted by: Cam
"4 - 8 = Vehicle Identifier - PC46U
  P = 450cc - 649cc, C = road motorcycle, 46U = CB500X (45U is an F and
  44U is an R model)

  12 - 17 = Sequential Production Number
  000001 - number one in the production"

My VIN contains PC466.  P & C correlates to above, but 466 is weird.  However, the Honda Recall Check website  shows my VIN to be a 2014 CB500X.
     http://powersports.honda.com/recalls.aspx

Looking at the Specs page of my manual I see the "Type" shown to be a "PC46", but this leaves the last digit a mystery.

Next, as a manufacturer myself, I know that it is common for manufacturers to exaggerate production by starting a production cycle with a fictitious number like, in my VIN, 1001xx.   I doubt Honda made 100K+ of these bikes in 2014.  That means a new CB500X rolled of the assembly line every minute and 15 seconds for the whole year (assuming a 40 hr/week production schedule).  That's a lot of production!  Does Honda only produce CB500X's in this plant?

Also, when I check the preceding production number, or the subsequent production number from mine, I get a response from Honda that these are not valid VIN's.  I also checked many other random production numbers and found no valid VIN's.  I also checked a few of the VIN's cited above and found them to be valid VIN's.  So, the production number is also a mystery.  :187:

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Offline ewryly

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Re: Decoding your Honda CB500 VIN
Reply #11 on: November 04, 2018, 09:15:54 PM
*Originally Posted by Aggie95 [+]

Also, when I check the preceding production number, or the subsequent production number from mine, I get a response from Honda that these are not valid VIN's.  I also checked many other random production numbers and found no valid VIN's.  I also checked a few of the VIN's cited above and found them to be valid VIN's.  So, the production number is also a mystery.  :187:

The original post says the 9th field is a check digit of some sort, so you would presumably have to change this when you change one of the other values.

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Re: Decoding your Honda CB500 VIN
Reply #12 on: November 04, 2018, 11:58:38 PM
Good Point!

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